Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management - Birmingham Business School - 59719

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Position type:

Full time



20 Oct 2021
09 Jan 2022

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-2100014B

Position Details

Department of Management
Birmingham Business School

College of Social Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Competitive salary for an outstanding candidate
Full Time, Permanent

Closing date: 9 January 2022


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Birmingham Business School (BBS) is a dynamic and internationally-focused Business School offering programmes across the full range of business and economics disciplines.  The School has been a major player in business education for more than a century and we continue to invest in our academic staff and facilities as we work towards our ambition of becoming a Top Ten UK and internationally recognised Business School.  Our world-class research and teaching provide the insights, ambitions and skills to shape more responsible business strategies and our vision is to promote curiosity and thought leadership for responsible business. The School recently opened a £25m extension to University House, home to BBS, meaning that all our Faculty are now located in one prestigious building.   The School currently comprises six departments and employs over 240 academic faculty, around 110 professional services staff and has around 6000 students on its programmes in Edgbaston, Dubai and Singapore.
Birmingham Business School: working for a responsible future

Ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions, the University of Birmingham is an elite establishment that offers an inspirational research and learning environment. 
Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham is a world-leading institution and global thought leader in responsible business.  Our vision is to inspire curiosity within our students and drive positive change within all fields of business and economics, locally and globally.  We are committed to producing forward-thinking leaders and to developing high quality, impactful research. We hold triple-crown accreditation with EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.  

Birmingham Business School is a major player in business education, providing a wide variety of internationally regarded programmes across a range of business disciplines. 
There has never been a better time to join Birmingham Business School. Our continued commitment to providing an exceptional standard of research and education has seen recent investment in the building of a multi-million pound extension to our University House facility, providing additional state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces for students, and new offices for faculty.
The Department of Management has a collegial culture, with over 70 faculty organised across four disciplinary groups: Organisation, Work and Employment; Business and Labour Economics; Operations and Procurement Management, and; Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation (ELI). Research networks flourish within and across these Groups, with the Work Inclusivity Research Centre (WIRC) situated in the Department and several members of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business based there. The Department has a strong and supportive research culture, with regular seminars, reading groups and a healthy PhD programme. Early Career faculty are particularly supported with developing teaching and research. The successful applicant will be based in the ELI group, leading research and teaching initiatives involving members of that Group as well as across the wider Department, School and University.

The ELI group currently has 9 permanent members of staff. The Group has two intellectual centres of gravity: one around entrepreneurship and innovation, and the other around leadership, particularly within local economies. These themes overlap and members of the Group have research and teaching interests which span across them. These are important and growing areas of research and teaching for the Business School which relate to the School’s strategic theme of Responsible Business, and they feed into interdisciplinary research, teaching and engagement conducted inside the School and more widely across the university.  

The Birmingham Business School is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and is particularly seeking applications from underrepresented groups. Applications will be assessed against the stated criteria and on merit. 

Role summary
Birmingham Business School is seeking to appoint an inspirational Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation with expertise in one or more of the following areas:
New business models and innovation
Entrepreneurship policy 
Smart and sustainable entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship networks and ecosystems
Technology and automation in new firms
Big data analytics for entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial opportunities in the platform economy

The postholder will become a key member of the Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Innovation Group within the Department of Management, providing a focal point for building upon the existing strengths of the Group, developing colleagues, attracting grant income and boosting the quality and reach of research and teaching. The Group is currently involved in developing a new MSc linking developments in entrepreneurship and innovation thinking and technology to the overarching desire and need for sustainability and social purpose. The postholder will play a key role in that and will develop research and teaching networks with colleagues across the Department, School and wider University in order to enhance our reputation in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. 


Main Duties 
Develop, plan and lead research activities and programmes of outstanding quality and international repute in entrepreneurship and innovation management
Develop and lead collaborative working arrangements with academics in cognate areas to deliver outstanding research and teaching.
Lead major funding bids which develop and sustain support for research.
Publish high-quality internationally recognised outputs.
Develop sustained and strong relationships with relevant external organisations.
Participate actively in the development of the School’s research agenda, identifying and building collaborations inside and outside the University.
Champion and provide academic leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation management, internally and externally.
Mentor and support less experienced colleagues in their development
Promote the positive interrelationship between research and teaching, using own research to provide innovative teaching
Actively seek and promote interdisciplinary research partnerships within the Department, School, across the University or with external bodies.

Person Specification 
Outstanding and sustained international research, evidenced by a substantial record of international quality outputs and achievements
Proven ability to plan and lead the delivery of research and teaching programmes.
Successful and sustained collaborations with other teams/institutions and significant and sustained success in obtaining external grants.
Track record in interdisciplinary working in research and/or teaching and bringing multi-disciplinary teams together.
Evidence of developing research community and culture within previous institutions.
Track record of attracting and successfully supervising high-quality doctoral students 
Delivering excellence in the design and delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and the student learning experience
Track record in translating research into academic and societal impact and engaging with policy makers, third sector and business
A PhD in a relevant discipline


Informal Enquiries – Dr Paul Lewis, Head of the Department of Management, email  

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

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